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Converge - Dark Horse

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The band Converge formed in 1990, when its members were teenagers. They've been making music that lives somewhere in the intersection of punk, hardcore, and metal for almost 25 years. Guitarist Kurt Ballou spoke to me from his studio GodCity, which is...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frederick Law Olmsted Made Parks an Essential Part of American Life

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The visionary landscape architect created Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston's "Emerald Necklace," and more.

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99% Invisible

119- Feet of Engineering

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As a fashion object and symbol, the high heel shoe is weighted with meaning. It’s also weighted with the wearer’s entire body weight. The stiletto might be one of the only designs that is physically painful but has somehow has persisted for centuries.

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99% Invisible

118- Song Exploder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

99% Invisible presents Song Exploder. A song is a product of design. It's difficult to create an original melody, but that's only the blueprint. Every element of a piece of music could be produced any number of ways,

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Studio 360

Bad Design Makes Twitter Angry

Thursday, June 05, 2014

A new pro soccer team in Louisville learned the dangers of slapdash design when an avalanche of Twitter ridicule greeted their new logo.

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99% Invisible

117- Clean Trains

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In just about every movie set in New York City in the 1970s and 80s there's an establishing shot with a graffiti-covered subway. For city officials, train graffiti was a sign that they had lost control. So, starting in the early 70s,

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Song Exploder

Nite Jewel - One Second of Love

Monday, June 02, 2014

In this episode, we'll get a deconstructed view of the song One Second of Love by Nite Jewel. I spoke to Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel and her partner and producer Cole MGN in their home studio in Los Angeles as they took a break from making a new...

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Studio 360

What the 9/11 Memorial Got Wrong

Friday, May 30, 2014

After 13 years of planning, bickering, and building, the September 11 Memorial & Museum has finally been completed. But is it too respectful for its own good?

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99% Invisible

116- Breaking the Bank

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

When I go into a bank, especially if I have to stand in line waiting to make a deposit, my mind wanders. And one of the first place it wanders to is: how I would rob the place. How could it be done? Most of the time, buildings are our friends.

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99% Invisible

115- Cow Tunnels

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The westernmost part of Manhattan, between 34th and 39th street, is pretty industrial. There’s a bus depot, a ferry terminal, and a steady stream of cars. But in the late 19th early 20th centuries, this was cow country.

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Song Exploder

Garbage - Felt

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The band Garbage formed in 1994 when three guys from Madison Wisconsin — Butch Vig, Steve Marker, and Duke Erikson, met Scottish singer Shirley Manson. Twenty years later, they've sold over 17 million records worldwide. In this episode, we'll...

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99% Invisible

114- Ten Thousand Years

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In 1990, the federal government invited a group of geologists, linguists, astrophysicists, architects, artists, and writers to the New Mexico desert, to visit the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. They were there on a mission.

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99% Invisible

113- Monumental Dilemma

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

About ten miles north of Concord, New Hampshire, off of interstate 93 there’s a little island with a great, big monument on it. The monument depicts a woman, who is holding a hatchet in her right hand and bunch of scalps in her left hand.

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Song Exploder

Poliça - Smug

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Ryan Olson is a member of the band Polica. Though he doesn't perform with them live, he put the band together, produces the songs, and co-writes them. I interviewed Ryan in his bedroom studio in Minneapolis. In this episode, he breaks down the song...

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The Takeaway

Pushing Back Against College Sexual Assault | Schoolgirl Kidnappings Spark Distrust in Nigeria | How House Parties & Millennials Will Save Classical Music

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Pushing Back Against College Sexual Assault | Schoolgirl Kidnappings Spark Distrust in Nigerian Government | Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams Arrested | Congress Actually Agrees on Something: The Capitol Dome Restoration Project | Be Careful Posting That Online Review, You Might Just Get Sued | How House Parties & Millennials ...

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99% Invisible

112- Young Ruin

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

If you've wandered around Machu Picchu, or Stonehenge, or the Colosseum, or even snuck into that abandoned house on the edge of town, you know the power in a piece of decrepit architecture. And even if you don't want to leave your house,

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99% Invisible

111- Masters of the Uni-verse

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Uniforms matter. When it comes to sports, they might be the only thing to which we're actually loyal. Sports uniforms are packaging. But unlike any other packaging, if the product inside changes or degrades, we remain loyal. Players come and go,

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Studio 360

Marijuana Goes Mainstream

Friday, April 18, 2014

Studio 360 has asked designers to come up with new concepts for the gay pride flag, Monopoly, and even Christmas, and we came up this design challenge: rebrand marijuana for mainstream culture. The Original Champions of Design (OCD), a branding firm, took on the challenge ...

Slideshow: Redesigning Marijuana

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99% Invisible

110- Structural Integrity

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When it was built in 1977, Citicorp Center (later renamed Citigroup Center, now called 601 Lexington) was, at 59 stories, the seventh-tallest building in the world. You can pick it out of the New York City skyline by its 45-degree angled top.

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Song Exploder

Loren Bouchard - Bob's Burgers (Theme Song)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Loren Bouchard is the creator of the animated television comedy Bob's Burgers, a series about a family and the restaurant they own and live above, currently in its fourth season on Fox. In addition to being the co-executive producer and showrunner,...

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